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Chuck Hoge named executive director of NDSU Research and Tech Park

After nearly three years as the interm executive director of North Dakota State University’s Research and Tech Park, Chuck Hoge has now signed a contract to move out of the interim title. He’s now, officially, the executive director. “To me, there is no change,” Hoge said. “I love what I’m doing and through this position…

Tech startup Buzz360 eyes growth in North Dakota

The headquarters of tech startup Buzz360 may be in Uptown, Minneapolis; but most of their hiring, and their investment money, is coming from the North Dakota prairie. The startup, which offers a marketing automation software specifically designed for small businesses, is funded primarily by the Bank of North Dakota and has employees working remotely in…

Bringing entrepreneurship to education: The vision of Epicenter

Tom Byers, a Stanford professor who spoke at TEDxFargo this year, knows that words like “entrepreneurship” and “startup” are buzzwords. They’ve become trendy as “startup fever” sweeps the globe, college students are dropping out to start companies, and a typical work outfit is a logo t-shirt and a hoodie. But they are not words he…

Downtown Fargo shops use Pokémon Go to lure customers (and Pokémon)

Walking down Main Avenue in downtown Fargo this weekend, a piece of paper stood out against a streetlight. In blue pen, it read words that, for some triggered excitement and for others, seemed yet another signal that Pokémon Go is indeed taking over the world. “Poké Stop lure module,” the sign read. “Sponsored by Babbs’…

Fargo company BNG Holdings is the team behind credit card processing

As a customer, one doesn’t often think about the back end of walking up to a register, purchasing a product, and swiping that ever-so-convenient piece of plastic known as the credit card. But small businesses think about it. In fact, sometimes it hits them like a punch. Let’s step beyond the swipe for a moment.…

5 rural cities that rode the startup wave to fame

From coast to coast, country to country, a common theme has emerged in the past decade; people are challenging traditional corporate models and jumping on the startup wave to start their own companies. What has resulted is the creation of hundreds of thousands of new companies across the world. Some call it “entrepreneurial enlightenment.” Others call…

AngelList: What is it, who is it for, should you care?

What do an online transportation network, a full-service pharmacy, and a fantasy sports competition provider have in common? They all got their start on AngelList, one of the most talked about investment platforms on the Internet. Uber, PillPack, and DraftKings have all made bank ($1.3, $4.3, and $2.5 million, respectively) in online and offline rounds with investors they met on the…

Former Intelligent InSites exec Jim Traynor announces new role at NetSuite

Jim Traynor, formerly the director of partnerships at local healthcare startup Intelligent InSites, recently announced his new position as a regional sales manager at NetSuite. NetSuite is a business management software company, that provides an enterprise resource planning (ERP) service to over 30,000 organizations across 160 countries. The company was founded in 1998 and headquartered…

Arthur Ventures hires fifth active investor, Ryan Kruizenga

Fargo-based venture capital firm Arthur Ventures announced this week that they have expanded their team with the addition of a new partner, Ryan Kruizenga. Kruizenga is coming directly from nearly three years of investing with San Francisco based growth equity firm, Mainsail Partners, where he served as Vice President. During his investing career, Kruizenga has…

One year after launch, Specialisterne announces changes, growth

Specialisterne Midwest, a local chapter of a global non-profit that trains and secures jobs for people on the autism spectrum, is re-branding to Mind Shift. Yes, it is in part because “Specialisterne” is quite a mouthful, said Cortnee Jensen, director of development and human relations for Mind Shift. “We’ve had a number of businesses tell…